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'Persian Gulf Gazetteer Part II, Geographical and Descriptive Materials, Section II Western Side of the Gulf' [‎49v] (101/286)

The record is made up of 1 volume (140 folios). It was created in 1904. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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bdxjllah (AL) —a tribe unfriendly to Babrein wbo were espected
t0 ^ALAS^AK—'Wbe frequently mentioned in Bombay Seleetious XXIV.
ADHWAN (DUHAT ).-Large sballow mkt on west coast of Eatar, 9
m leneth, with maximum depth of 2 tathom .
-c-r^-n IT epo Bombay Selections XXIV, page 561. Is Euairit
m ean^ StaJ Tad (1856) 150 men of A1 Bu Kuwara and TJttoobee tribes.
AINAIN (AL BU).—A tribe raided by tbe A1 Mubammad about 1884.
AINAM (AL BU).—A tribe wbicb formerly lived at Wakrab but settled
at Gbareeyat about 1886. . . „ . n , c
AINUAR. Place marked in Philip's Map of Arabia at bottom of Gulf
of B ^® m ' ^ BIN)i _ Branc h of Uttoobee tribe wbiob deserted Bahrein and
settled at Zubara in 1&95. ,. i • ir * n *
■«rAnrT7T> \tt a fribfi freauently mentioned m Katar. On account
2l« tliey I..,. I..d ,i.l Al Bi.
Ali since 1896.
ASEYLIAII —Place south of Nasaimcer.
BAKAKALA —A tribe represented at Bidaa.
T* a ttttttr —Place between Hasa and Katar where an Abu Dhabi force
S ei Z ed B SFa R nd Shetnging to dependents of Katar Chief in 1888.
BEHAin.— Section of Al Morrah tribe, by whom relations of Bahrein
Chief were murdered in 1900,
BIDAA-Large town in lat. 25° 17' north and long. 51» 31'east situated in
deep bay on east coast of Katar promontory, about 65 miles south by east of
its extremity at Bas Bekkin. Reefs oft the bay make it a natural harbour,
but the entrance is shallow and somewhat difficult, and vessels of more than
15 feet draught cannot pass. Land on west side ol bay is stony desert, 40 or
50 feet above sca-level. South-east point of bay is quite low. Harbour basin is
3 miles in extent with regular soundings of 3 to o fathoms, bottom whi e
mud or clay. Bidaa is built up the side of the rising ground and there is a fort
in the town. There are two towers on high land above town and 1, miles
south-east of town another tower near the wells, where there is a htlle c
Tation, the rest of tbe country being desert. Other accounts place the wa er-
supply 3 miles from the town. Doha-as Saghira immediately adjoins Bidaa
on east and beyond it, without interval, comes town of Doha.
places together cover a mile of sea front and contain population of about 0,00
of mixed tribes, always at feud with Bedouins. No large baghalas but many
pearl-boats ; and inhabitants are all employed in pearl-fishery. Little cai1
obtained in way of supplies. Water is dear and indifferent, best bem 3
brought in skins from desert. Firewood comes from interior and trom
Clarence Strait (Gulf Pilot, 1898). Kemball (1845) says that inhabitants
are mostly Soodan, and that there are 300 houses and tOO to 700
men. Palgrave (1803) describes town as consisting of mass of small ana
dingy houses separated by irregular lanes, with a long, narrow and ir y
market-place; population 6,000 including Bahrein shop -keepers an ar i-
sans and immigrants from Hasa. Palgrave describes male population as
over-engrossed and shattered in health by pearl diving. He men ions
two mosques, one in simple Wahabi taste, the other smaller and mor
handsome m semi-Persian style. According to Ross there were here in
no less than 250 pearl boats working under the Chief: but, from his remar
that Bidaa had been formed by recent coalescence of 2 small villages, it wou
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The volume is Part II Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. Gazetteer, Geographical and Descriptive Materials, Section II Western Side of the Gulf (Simla: G C Press, 1904).

The volume contains notes, followed by subsections on Trucial Chiefs' Territory, Katar [Qatar], Bahrein [Bahrain], Hasa, and Koweit [Kuwait]. The volume is a geographical and descriptive gazetteer, giving information on alphabetically-listed places in each of the territories in question.

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1 volume (140 folios)

There is a table of contents on the title page of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at 1 on the front cover, and terminates at 142 on the back cover. These numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and can be found in the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page of each folio. A printed pagination system also runs intermittently throughout the volume.

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